Even More Strawberry Brands May Have Been Contaminated With Needles

Even More Strawberry Brands May Have Been Contaminated With Needles

Even More Strawberry Brands May Have Been Contaminated With Needles

The Warmuran farm which supplied the berries under the brand names Berry Obsession and Berry Licious, was inspected by Queensland police and Australian Border Force officers on Thursday.

While the contamination has only impacted two brands, Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young advised anyone who bought strawberries in Queensland, New South Wales or Victoria since early last week to get rid of them if they were anxious and especially if they were not sure what brand they were.

One man was hospitalised, while a mother was also about to feed one to her baby.

So far, NSW Police has received reports of contaminated strawberries purchased at supermarkets at Tweed Heads, Taree, and Wingham.

Acting Queensland Chief Superintendent of the State Crime Command Terry Lawrence said the evidence indicates the act was "obviously" meant to injure others.

"We'd just really love for consumers to see what it is and hopefully it doesn't affect the consumption of strawberries too much".

She said that with the affected products having been taken off the shelves, the public can now feel safe eating strawberries, adding that the incidents.

"Farmers are really nervous about it, obviously, and devastated something as bad as this would happen to the industry", Ms Rowling said.

The initial brands affected by the contamination, Berry Licious and Berry Obsession, have already been removed from sale and are no longer in market.

Police and health authorities are warning people to cut up strawberries before consuming them after sewing needles were found in punnets of the fruit from a Queensland grower.

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She referred to the problem as "an isolated incident" and "sabotage".

Police are also investigating a copycat saboteur after a Coles employee at a Gatton store, about 90 kilometres west of Brisbane, found a "small silver rod" on top of strawberries in a punnet.

A young boy in Gladstone ended up with a needle in his mouth on Tuesday after taking strawberries to school.

"Police are urging the community to check their strawberries after what appears to be sewing needles were located in two punnets in Yarram and Sebastopol", says a statement released by Queensland Police yesterday.

Police have been unable to confirm whether the contaminated products are linked to the original contamination in Queensland or a copycat, however they are urging anyone who has purchased contaminated products to take the punnet to their local police station immediately for forensic testing.

Police were investigating the possibility of an extortion attempt or someone carrying out a vendetta against the supermarket giant.

Angela Stevenson, a mother of two, bought Berry Obsession strawberries from Woolworths in Gladstone on September 11, ABC reported.

On Thursday, police said they feared there may be copycat culprits as a needle was found in another batch of strawberries.

One woman wrote on the post: "Sent my 7 year old to school with this brand strawberries this morning".

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